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SiriusXM Attempting to License Directly From Labels
Date: Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 20:29:32 UTC

SiriusXM Radio, via Music Reports Inc., is attempting to directly license music from record labels, bypassing SoundExchange, Billboard.biz has learned. Currently, SiriusXM operates under a statutory license and pays royalties to SoundExchange. In moving to directly license masters, the company is seeking expanded licenses that will allow for more functionality. It is in effect asking for a waiver from the sound recording performance complement of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which limits how many times songs from an artist can be played within an hour. Complete Article







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